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The Dead Circus is a neo-noir crime novel set in 1960s–80s Los Angeles by John Kaye. The novel was shortlisted by The New York Times for their Book of the Year list in 2003.

The Dead Circus is a neo-noir crime novel set in 1960s–80s Los Angeles by John Kaye. Afraid that he will lose himself entirely to his grief, Gene starts to obsess over the 20-year-old mysterious death of rockabilly newcomer Bobby Fuller.

While the climax doesn't quite justify the buildup, there are some chilling final sequences. Kaye could stand to rein in his tendency for busy plotting, but this book packs a major wallop nonetheless.

When his fiancée dies in a plane. View all . Bibliographic information. The Dead Circus: A Novel. Atlantic Monthly Press, 2002.

The Dead Circus book. Gene Burk is an ex-cop, a fanatical re Of John Kaye's first novel, Newsday wrote, "an utterly original . the fiction debut of the year

The Dead Circus book. the fiction debut of the year. Now, with The Dead Circus, Kaye again shows us another side of Los Angeles - a city of rockers and private eyes, script girls and wiseguys, whose golden orbit is pierced by a streak of American evil named Manson. Gene Burk is an ex-cop, a fanatical record collector, and private eye.

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But what does it say about this novel that the prettiest lines are from Manson himself? Fatally hypnotized by the world it seeks to describe.

Kaye’s narrative takes the familiar form of private dick wandering against a backdrop of creatively restored history. Burk’s interviews are often excuses for characters to paint a portrait of debauchery and drop a lot of names. But what does it say about this novel that the prettiest lines are from Manson himself? Fatally hypnotized by the world it seeks to describe. Pub Date: July 1st, 2002.

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John Kaye's two novels have established him as one of today's most stunning chroniclers of Los Angeles, a city of rockers and private eyes, script girls and wiseguys, innocents and Charles Manson. In The Dead Circus it's 1986. Gene Burk is an ex-cop, fanatical record collector, and private eye. Devastated by the death of his fiancee, Gene becomes obsessed with an unsolved mystery from his days with the LAPD: the late-sixties death of up-and-coming rockabilly star Bobby Fuller. As Gene attempts to reconstruct the circumstances that led to Fuller's demise, he is unexpectedly contacted by a survivor of the Manson Family who needs Gene's help to bury her past. As Gene travels back in history to the moment Manson partied alongside Bobby Fuller and the Beach Boys, John Kaye spins a masterful, disturbing portrait of twenty years in Los Angeles, of the promise of the sixties and the hellish realities of the morning after.

The Dead Circus: A Novel epub download

ISBN13: 978-0802140173

ISBN: 0802140173

Author: John Kaye

Category: Literature and Fiction

Subcategory: Genre Fiction

Language: English

Publisher: Grove Press (July 2003)

Pages: 336 pages

ePUB size: 1607 kb

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Rating: 4.8

Votes: 498

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Aedem
The older I get, and the more I read, the more I like fairly straight narrative. A few plot twists and sub-plots okay. THE DEAD CIRCUS is too convoluted with the multiple plots obliterating the original narrative in places. Could have been two novels—one about Bobby Fuller's death, one about Charlie Manson's love life.
Aedem
The older I get, and the more I read, the more I like fairly straight narrative. A few plot twists and sub-plots okay. THE DEAD CIRCUS is too convoluted with the multiple plots obliterating the original narrative in places. Could have been two novels—one about Bobby Fuller's death, one about Charlie Manson's love life.
Ann
The first 250 pages or so of this book were incredible, this was the best book at that point since Ken Grimwood's Replay- John Kaye's writing and subject were incredible at this point- he combined Bobby Fuller, Charles Manson, Frank Sinatra into a fascinating novel that made it sound like he was there but the last 50 pages were pathetic, like the guy was sick and just called in these pages. What the flunk! I was waiting for a climax- there wasn't one. Because the first 250 pages or so were great, I recommend you buy this book but beware of the last 50 or so pages-a major dissapointment.
Ann
The first 250 pages or so of this book were incredible, this was the best book at that point since Ken Grimwood's Replay- John Kaye's writing and subject were incredible at this point- he combined Bobby Fuller, Charles Manson, Frank Sinatra into a fascinating novel that made it sound like he was there but the last 50 pages were pathetic, like the guy was sick and just called in these pages. What the flunk! I was waiting for a climax- there wasn't one. Because the first 250 pages or so were great, I recommend you buy this book but beware of the last 50 or so pages-a major dissapointment.
romrom
i ran across this book by accident and found out there making a movie of it. its a true cold case story and has a lot to do with charlie manson and his family. i was amazed at where alot of the family relocated to. i bought this copy for a friend for x-mas.
romrom
i ran across this book by accident and found out there making a movie of it. its a true cold case story and has a lot to do with charlie manson and his family. i was amazed at where alot of the family relocated to. i bought this copy for a friend for x-mas.
Mr_Jeйson
I only read it because I heard Michael C Hall was going to play the lead. Its horrible. I wouldn't see the movie if they make it if you paid me. It takes three chapters to get a block down the street.
Mr_Jeйson
I only read it because I heard Michael C Hall was going to play the lead. Its horrible. I wouldn't see the movie if they make it if you paid me. It takes three chapters to get a block down the street.
Mildorah
In this compelling yarn, a group of disparate Hollywood denizens - including minor crooks, an ex-cop, an alcoholic screenwriter, a member of the Charles Manson clan, and others - live lives inhabited and motivated by memories of their youth. The ostensible plot has to do with the ex-cop, Gene Burk, finding out who years ago murdered a popular rock-and-roll musician, but in fact the story is more that of Burk's attempt to reconstruct the early life of his fiancee, who has died in a plane crash. Charles Manson and the violence he instigated figure heavily in the story, but Manson emerges as a sort of twisted philosopher/poet of the corruption that infects everyone. Manson seems to be only the most corrupted among a cast of damaged characters in a town where violence and predation abound. The author's skill at evoking the names and events of Hollywood in mid-twentieth century make this an intriguing novel rather than just another sordid tale.
Mildorah
In this compelling yarn, a group of disparate Hollywood denizens - including minor crooks, an ex-cop, an alcoholic screenwriter, a member of the Charles Manson clan, and others - live lives inhabited and motivated by memories of their youth. The ostensible plot has to do with the ex-cop, Gene Burk, finding out who years ago murdered a popular rock-and-roll musician, but in fact the story is more that of Burk's attempt to reconstruct the early life of his fiancee, who has died in a plane crash. Charles Manson and the violence he instigated figure heavily in the story, but Manson emerges as a sort of twisted philosopher/poet of the corruption that infects everyone. Manson seems to be only the most corrupted among a cast of damaged characters in a town where violence and predation abound. The author's skill at evoking the names and events of Hollywood in mid-twentieth century make this an intriguing novel rather than just another sordid tale.
Celore
The Dead Circus is fun reading. Gene Burk, a 40ish ex-LA cop in the mid-eighties, mourning the death of his fiance in a plane crash, decides to solve the one unsolved "crime" from his life as a cop that still haunts him--the apparent suicide of Bobby Fuller. Kaye' story is sort of all over the map--jumping from character to character, discussing three events in one short paragraph--but somehow it's not overly confusing. Burk's quest brings him into the warped and bizarre world of Charles Manson. The Dead Circus is an unpredictible story that starts off almost as a standard crime novel and then goes into something unto itself. Enjoy.
Celore
The Dead Circus is fun reading. Gene Burk, a 40ish ex-LA cop in the mid-eighties, mourning the death of his fiance in a plane crash, decides to solve the one unsolved "crime" from his life as a cop that still haunts him--the apparent suicide of Bobby Fuller. Kaye' story is sort of all over the map--jumping from character to character, discussing three events in one short paragraph--but somehow it's not overly confusing. Burk's quest brings him into the warped and bizarre world of Charles Manson. The Dead Circus is an unpredictible story that starts off almost as a standard crime novel and then goes into something unto itself. Enjoy.
Bloodhammer
To be fair, I enjoyed reading this book. I went through it in two days. My interest in the book was based in the fact that I was from El Paso and a Bobby Fuller fan. I eagerly read the book and kept waiting for a plausible theory or investigation into Bobby Fuller's mysterious death but it never came. The plot veered off into the Manson murders, again with no new information or resolution to the case. I thought the plot was all over the place and maybe that is to be expected. That may be in reality the actions of someone who lost their loved one in an accident. Gene Burk seemed to go in all directions with no focus--as would be expected by someone in grief.
The characters seemed somewhat shallow and not well developed. Was that a reflection of the shallow nature of the music and entertainment industry of the 1960's or a problem with the author's style--I couldn't decide. I do think there was far too much 'name dropping' and trying to weave Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen, and other famous musicians into the storyline as minor players when it would have been better to develop the characters or the plot in more depth.
There were at least four subplots: 1) getting over his personal loss, 2) solving the Fuller murder, 3) the Manson murders and 4) the corruption of the LAPD. None of these were fully developed or resolved to my satisfaction. The ending of the book tied them all together but not in a convincing manner I felt.
However, as I said I found it compelling and read it in two days. my personal disappointment may stem from the fact that I thought it would be an expose on the Bobby Fuller murder and cover up. For those without that expectation it's a good read.
Bloodhammer
To be fair, I enjoyed reading this book. I went through it in two days. My interest in the book was based in the fact that I was from El Paso and a Bobby Fuller fan. I eagerly read the book and kept waiting for a plausible theory or investigation into Bobby Fuller's mysterious death but it never came. The plot veered off into the Manson murders, again with no new information or resolution to the case. I thought the plot was all over the place and maybe that is to be expected. That may be in reality the actions of someone who lost their loved one in an accident. Gene Burk seemed to go in all directions with no focus--as would be expected by someone in grief.
The characters seemed somewhat shallow and not well developed. Was that a reflection of the shallow nature of the music and entertainment industry of the 1960's or a problem with the author's style--I couldn't decide. I do think there was far too much 'name dropping' and trying to weave Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen, and other famous musicians into the storyline as minor players when it would have been better to develop the characters or the plot in more depth.
There were at least four subplots: 1) getting over his personal loss, 2) solving the Fuller murder, 3) the Manson murders and 4) the corruption of the LAPD. None of these were fully developed or resolved to my satisfaction. The ending of the book tied them all together but not in a convincing manner I felt.
However, as I said I found it compelling and read it in two days. my personal disappointment may stem from the fact that I thought it would be an expose on the Bobby Fuller murder and cover up. For those without that expectation it's a good read.
Started reading this book just because I had nothing else handy. Wow! It grabbed me immediately and I just hung on until it was done. I found it a bit unnerving and magnetic at the same time.

I knew Bobby Fuller's death had never been resolved but was never aware where he hailed from until I spent 5 years in El Paso, Texas. People far too young to have known him or his hard driving rock still speak of him with awe.

From Fuller's unsolved death to sub-plots dealing with Charles Manson, Frank Sinatra and others the book sparks the imagination and keeps you reading until the end.

"I Fought the Law and the Law Won". Did they?
Started reading this book just because I had nothing else handy. Wow! It grabbed me immediately and I just hung on until it was done. I found it a bit unnerving and magnetic at the same time.

I knew Bobby Fuller's death had never been resolved but was never aware where he hailed from until I spent 5 years in El Paso, Texas. People far too young to have known him or his hard driving rock still speak of him with awe.

From Fuller's unsolved death to sub-plots dealing with Charles Manson, Frank Sinatra and others the book sparks the imagination and keeps you reading until the end.

"I Fought the Law and the Law Won". Did they?